Forget Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Boston and all the rest of the 995 protests. The Occupy movement is now coming to your browser, but not how you’d expect: they want to eliminate Adobe Flash from all web browsers.
The movement is called Occupy Flash, and it was started by a handful of indie web developers who want to get people to finally uninstall the Flash plug-in from their computers and instead bask in the serene glow of HTML5.
According to Occupy Flash, Flash is buggy, constantly crashes, requires an incessant stream of security updates and doesn’t work on most mobile devices. They say that HTML5 has “clearly won the fight for the future of our web browsing.”
What’s the connection to OWS? As Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe points out, “HTML is the 99%.”
In general, I’m with these guys. On the devices I own that don’t run Flash (my iPad and MacBook Air), my browsing experience is just so much more pleasant. I’m not constantly being assaulted by loud, blaring pop-up ads.
That said, I think the Occupy Flash guys are throwing an organized protest over what is, in fact, already a victory for HTML5. No reason to militarize this: with Adobe already backing out of mobile and concentrating on HTML5, the battle’s basically won. Mobile is the clear and obvious future of computing, and if Flash can’t keep up on mobile, then it won’t survive on the desktop, either.